Dr Mumbo

Introducing Australia’s newest soapie: Queensland ER

Ever since reading Vanity Fair writer Rich Cohen’s opinion on how Australian (especially those in Melbourne and Perth) “still live and die with the plot turns of soap operas”, Dr Mumbo’s been thinking it’s probably about time we had a new Aussie soapie.

And the answer might very well lie in this Queensland Health public service campaign: Queensland ER.

Only the blindest programmer wouldn’t see the potential for the characters in this latest ad from the state government’s campaign to stop people turning up to emergency departments to turn into a long-running medical drama.

Just look at the palpable sexual tension between the older but authoritative male doctor and the young blonde nurse who crop up a couple of times – it’s all in the way he asks for the nail clippers.

You can cut the sexual tension between these two with nail clippers

You can cut the sexual tension between these two with nail clippers

And the sinister look on the Asian doctor’s face as she pumps the nasal spray in the operating theatre – all the makings of an angel of death storyline.

What's really in the 'nasal spray'?

What’s really in the ‘nasal spray’?

And who’s not dying to know how the guy in the last scene appears to have lost most of his fingers? Is he an anti-government protester who blew them off making a home made bomb? Was he mauled by a drop bear? Or is he just a moron who got them trapped in the lawnmower?

Is this guy an anti-government agitator, or a moron?

Is this guy an anti-government agitator, or a moron?

It’s got to be worth a go.

After all, New Zealand’s managed to get away with Shortland Street for the last 24 years.

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